Isaac: Virgo prudentissima

Isaac: Virgo prudentissima
Müncher Dommusik - Karl-Ludwig Nies
Christophorus 77218


  1. A la Battaglia (4 voice instrumental)
  2. Virgo prudentissima (plainchant antiphon)

  3. Missa "Virgo prudentissima" (4 & 6 voices)
  4. Kyrie
  5. Gloria
  6. Credo
  7. Sanctus
  8. Benedictus
  9. Agnus Dei

  10. Optime pastor (6 voice instrumental)
  11. Prima pars
  12. Secunda pars

  13. Virgo prudentissima (6 voices)
  14. Prima pars
  15. Secunda pars

Performers: Capella Cathedralis München: Susanne Ritter (soprano), Carola Nies (soprano), Birgit Schöberger (soprano), Gabriele Steck (soprano), Klaus Wenk (alto), Angelika Polland (alto), Andreas Hirtreiter (tenor), Wolfgang Wittkowski (tenor), Franz Körndle (tenor), Michael Wersin (tenor), Benedikt Schillo (tenor), Marcus Schmidl (bass), Tobias Schlierf (bass), Michael Mantaj (bass); Ecco la musica: William Dongois (cornet), Yoshimichi Hamada (cornet), Mattias Sprinz (sackbut), Ole-Kristian Andersen (sackbut), Cas Gevers (sackbut), Félix Stricker (sackbut), Christoph Hammer (organ)

Playing time: 62'

Recording date: October 1998 (Munich)

Heinrich Isaac (c.1450-1517) was employed by the Medicis in Florence, but left due to the death of Lorenzo. Although under the shadow of Josquin in Italy, he subsequently accepted a post in Vienna under Emperor Maximilian. The mass of the present program was featured during a meeting between Philip the Handsome of Burgundy and Mamimilian I in Tyrol in 1503. More broadly, the appointment to the future Emperor was a situation in which an entire musical culture was open to Isaac's shaping, and his influence on subsequent composition in Austria & Germany cannot be overstated.

The present recording also includes Isaac's very famous motet on Virgo prudentissima, which was apparently written later than the mass on the same theme.

Some other recordings devoted to Isaac:

I Fiamminghi - III
Isaac, Hofhaimer & Buchner à la Cour de Maxilien Ier
Une "Missa ad Organum" pour le Dimanche de Pâques
Cappella Pratensis - Rebecca Stewart
Ricercar 206692
Isaac: Missa Paschalis
Ensemble Officium - Wilfried Rombach
Christophorus 77267
Isaac: Natalis Domini
Ensemble de' Medici - Keller Coker
RCM 19501
Heinrich Isaac: Missa de Apostolis
Tallis Scholars - Peter Phillips
Gimell 454 923
Isaac: Sacred & Secular Works
Hilliard Ensemble / Kees Boeke Consort
EMI Reflexe 63063
Isaac: Motetten für Kaiser Maximilian I
Ensemble Hofkapelle - Michael Procter
Christophorus 77217
Isaac: La Spagna
Mottetti e Missa per la corte di Lorenzo de' Medici
Musiche strumentali sulla melodia La Spagna
Paolo Pandolfo / Liuwe Tamminga / Odhecaton - Paolo Da Col
Bongiovanni 5607
Isaac & Senfl: Masses
Capella Antiqua München - Konrad Ruhland
Christophorus Entrée 0021

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Todd M. McComb